As a law office we are subject to the confidentiality requirements of the legal canons of ethics as set forth in the Rules of Professional Conduct for licensed attorneys of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts. Specifically, with rare exceptions set forth in those rules, all information furnished by clients is confidential and cannot be voluntarily disclosed to third parties unless such disclosure is authorized by the client or authorization is implied from the nature of the services the client has retained us to perform. Generally a client is anyone who receives legal services from us for payment of a fee or pursuant to a pro bono agreement to provide free services or who receives an actual office consultation, but does not include someone merely seeking free information or comment over the telephone, by e-mail or outside of the office. In this connection, please also refer to our Warning and Disclaimer about e-mail communications, below. You may find the Rules of Professional Conduct at http://www.mass.gov/courts/sjc/
Information provided and statements made during the course of a mediation is also confidential by operation of law and by virtue of the mediation agreement of the parties with the mediator. It cannot be divulged to third parties except with consent, upon a court order or in special circumstances involving the likelihood of imminent harm to someone.
WARNING AND DISCLAIMER ABOUT E-MAIL:If you choose to communicate with us by e-mail, your e-mail will not create an attorney-client relationship and cannot be treated as privileged or confidential. For this reason you should not send any sensitive or confidential information by e-mail. Moreover, because the Internet is by no means a secure environment, it is possible that your e-mail sent via the Internet might be intercepted and read by third parties. Unless you specify otherwise in your e-mail, you will be deemed to have authorized a response from us by e-mail.